November 6, 2018
By Hassan Gbessay Koroma
In continuation of their corporate social responsibility and love for children in the country, Orange telecom has renovated and handed over two children’s operating theatres at Connaught – the main referral hospital in the country.
Over the years, Orange Telecom has made children’s issues a priority in exercising their corporate social responsibility. In 2015 they adopted 50 Ebola affected orphans and housed them at the SOS Children villages in Freetown, Bo and Makeni.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony of the paediatric and orthopaedic theatres at Connaught conference room, Director of Corporate Affairs at Orange Telecom, Barry Honnah, said the project was initiated in response to natural disasters that have been occurring in the country.
He said that during their visit to the hospital, after the August 14 2017 mudslide and flooding, they noticed that healthcare workers were grappling with serious constraints responding to the victims, especially children.
He said the country office intimated Orange headquarters about constraints at Connaught and the latter responded by providing twenty thousand Euros, which they used to renovate the two operating theatres.
In his welcome statement, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. G. Fadlu-Deen said they were elated to have the theatres renovatede theatres.
He said the commissioning complements the effort of the government to deliver good quality and affordable medical treatment to Sierra Leoneans.
Dr. Fadlu-Deen promised that they would ensure the renovated theatres are well taken care of for the benefit of children.
Also, Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Alpha Wurie said his ministry and the government of Sierra Leone appreciate the contribution of Orange to enhancing access to health.
He noted that though many organisations operate in the country only few could emulate Orange, adding that the money spent may be small but the impact was huge.